Leslie Eric Rundell 11 December 1917

Leslie Eric Rundell was born on February 14 in Finchley in 1896 and the family lived in Muswell Hill. He lost his father at an early age and came up to School House in May 1910. Leslie Rundell was a good oarsman and would have been bow in the School Crew in the summer term of 1913 but for some reason, he left Oundle at Easter of that year.

He enlisted in the London Regiment soon after the war started and won the Military Cross twice for gallantry in action, later becoming Staff Captain to Brigadier General Kennedy. He did not die leading his men into action, but was wounded by a fragment of shell while taking tea in a shelter. He was taken to a casualty clearing station where he died at on 11th December 1917. He was later buried at Ruyaucourt, east of Bapaume, on the Somme.

A fellow officer wrote: “He certainly was one of the finest men I have met during the two years I have been over here.”

His Company Sergeant-Major noted: “Believe me when I tell you that he was admired and liked by his men, who always placed great confidence in him as a leader.”

Leslie Rundell was 21 years old at the time of his death.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow